Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Major search continues for cyclist

Sam Campbell disappeared on New Year's Day after leaving his home outside Ballymena

Extensive searches have been carried out for a missing cyclist in Northern Ireland after his bicycle was discovered close to the sea.

Sam Campbell, 49, disappeared on New Year's Day after leaving his home outside Ballymena, Co Antrim.

Police and lifeboats are searching the coastline close to Glenarm amid rising concern for the father of three's safety.

His wife, Laverne, said: "He is committed to his work, his family and to cycling and did everything 100%. He wanted to get his training started early and that is why he went out on Sunday."

Mr Campbell was last seen by his wife cycling along the Tully Road, Kells, on Sunday afternoon. His bike was discovered on the shoreline, about a mile outside Glenarm, on Tuesday night.

The RNLI has joined the search with two lifeboats off the Co Antrim coast. The crews, from Red Bay and Larne, are undertaking an intensive shoreline search from Garron Point to Ballygally.

Red Bay RNLI helm Paddy McLaughlin said: "Conditions are not great with a westerly breeze blowing and a force 5 to 6. There are also intermittent showers which makes visibility challenging."

By late afternoon the lifeboat operation was scaled down but will resume on Thursday morning.

The electrical contractor was wearing a red top, with the letters TCG on it, and black tracksuit bottoms when he was last seen.

He is around 6ft in height, of a slim build with short dark hair. Police appealed for members of the public who may have seen him in the Coast Road area of Glenarm on Sunday afternoon or who may have any information that could assist with their inquiries to contact them.

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